*Thank the person who gave me the award and link to her.
*Add the award to my blog.
*Tell six outrageous lies about myself and One Truth.
*Nominate six creative liars...er, writers, and link to them.
*Let my nominees know they have been nominated.
Numbers 1 and 2, check. Now for point 3. What can I say; lying makes me squirm, and I always cringe when writers, seeming serious, say that fiction equal lies. I prefer a different adage that says "nonfiction is fact; fiction is truth." Even my Keirsey temperament type (which is INFJ, the counselor idealist, if you're into that stuff) reveals the esteem in which I hold Truth. Now combine this with the fact that I don't follow directions as well as I did Once Upon a Child, and it will be no surprise that I changed the rules some. Here are, then, five truths about me, and one lie. Can you spot the lie? All those who successfully rat me out will win TWO entries in my March book giveaway, which is a BIG NAME mid-grade title that will be announced on Thursday, March 4. These are, of course, in addition to any normal entries by said winners. Those who comment here, guess wrong, and like surprises, earn one entry. (If you'd rather not be entered, just say so. If you want to wait till the 4th and see what the book is, that's cool.) The deadline for your guesses will be the same as the deadline for the book drawing: midnight, Saturday March 6. On Sunday the 7th, I'll 'fess up and reveal who won two (or two MORE) entries, and the winner of the book is announced March 8. Okay -- TMI? Let's cut the chatter and dish the dirt. Truth, or lie?
- My first book was rejected47 times before it sold. And when it sold, it was to the publisher that had seen it first.
- I once aced a college chemistry test in the following manner: I answered the 7 questions I knew, and wild-guessed the 13 I didn't. Results -- ALL 7 answers I "knew" were WRONG. ALL 13 I guessed were right. Highest grade in the class.
- I'm a synesthete. In synesthesia, stimulation of one of the five senses evokes response in other senses as well. Some see sounds, smell colors, hear smells, or feel sights. The most common form is seeing letters or numbers in color. I see some letters and numbers in color, but my main form of synesthesia is a little weirder: I taste words.
- It took me four tries to pass my driver's test. Right after finally doing so, I backed out of the driveway and ran over the garbage can.
- I had rheumatic fever, measles AND chicken pox in first grade. Not to mention colds (with what was then called "croup") and flu. My teacher wrote in my Christmas card, "I hope you have a healthy vacation so we'll see you again in January.” I lost so many weeks of school that I had to repeat.
- I sing in a band. In 2009 we put out our first CD, and on one track I can be heard doing something I hadn't done in years -- hitting high G. Twice.
Nora MacFarlane at Lemons for Lemonade.
Terry Lynn Johnson at TerryLynnJohnson.
Larissa at Larissa's World.
Amber Lough at Amber Lough.
PJ Hoover at Roots in Myth.
Mary Whitsell at Resident Alien.
Number 4 requirement, check. Number 5 I have to fulfill at the above lovely blogs. So -- which of the above six stories is the lie? I'm lying, er, dying, to hear your guesses.